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EPRI to coordinate advanced grid monitoring, control initiative

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will coordinate the community meetings of the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) through 2015. NASPI is a collaborative effort among the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EPRI, and North American electric utilities, vendors, consultants, federal and private researchers and academics. 

Since the establishment of NASPI in 2006, DOE and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) have funded NASPI meetings and work. Beginning in January 2014, DOE will take over the principal funding role and EPRI will work with NASPI as its meeting coordinator. NASPI’s mission is to improve power system reliability and visibility through wide-area measurement and control; and NASPI plans to use synchrophasor technology, which includes wide-area monitoring, real-time operations, power system planning, and forensic analysis of grid disturbances.   

“Situational awareness plays a critical role in improving the reliability and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid,” said Patricia Hoffman, assistant secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the Department of Energy.  “DOE’s support of the NASPI initiative is helping utilities and system operators across the nation gain a faster, more accurate understanding of the status of the grid, allowing them to respond more quickly and efficiently when disruptions occur.”

DOE has invested almost $200 million in the deployment of phasor measurement units in North America, which has been matched by utilities and transmission operator investments.  Many of these projects were initiated as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 under the Smart Grid Investment Grant program. 

These investments have resulted in the installation nearly 1,000 production-grade phasor measurement units across the high-voltage electric grid.

NASPI’s focus for the next two years will be advancing applications to maximize value from the technology.

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